[mythtv] Time to Vote? (as Re: Official Thread: Mythtv.org Redesign)

Dan Wilga mythtv-dev2 at dwilga-linux1.amherst.edu
Tue Jun 5 15:38:35 UTC 2007

At 5:01 PM -0700 6/4/07, Chris Petersen wrote:
>I did also get a recommendation from the graphic designer at work, which
>is that studies seem to show that (as much as I personally prefer it)
>light-on-dark web pages tend to cause people to browse away faster than
>normal dark-on-light ones.

I'm one of those people who dislikes light-on-dark web pages. Let me 
explain why, as it may be the reason others feel the same way.

You know when you've been outside on a bright, sunny day just after 
it has snowed and you come inside, only to notice everything has a 
green tint to it? That's due to a negative afterimage of the snow. 
There is also such a thing as a positive afterimage (appearing in the 
same color as the original light source) which results from 
high-contrast, bright light:


Well, I (and, I expect, others) experience something quite similar 
when reading pages that use bright text on a dark background: the 
positive afterimage of one part of the text starts to overlap the 
rest, making it harder to read. I suspect that people who like this 
color scheme either don't have the same degree of afterimage, or 
their brains more easily filter it out when reading.

Here's an interesting blog article on the subject, with lots of comments:


Dan Wilga                                                        "Ook."

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